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Free Fishing Derby returns to M'ville


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Families gather at the shore of the Marysville Jennings Memorial Park Kiwanis Pond to take part in last year's Fishing Derby on May 7, 2016.

Local children can go to Marysville's Jennings Park on May 6 to catch a fish at the Kiwanis Pond as part of the city's 23rd annual Fishing Derby. The free event is held from 8-11 a.m.

"Kids 12 and under are all welcome to come out and catch a fish," said Dave Hall, athletic coordinator at the Marysville Parks, Culture and Recreation Department, who added the event will be much the same as it was in previous years.

The Kiwanis Pond at the park is filled with fish before the event begins.

"The Everett Steelhead and Salmon Club pack that pond with so many fish that as long as you get there early, you're going to come away with a fish," said Hall. Entrants can catch one fish each.

Hall said the event is a good introduction to fishing for many local kids.

"Parents like it because of that sure thing," he said. "You can go out fishing on any weekend and you might catch nothing."

The Fishing Derby is the first time fishing for many of the kids who come for the event, he said.

"A lot of them will hook that first fish at the event," said Hall.

"My favorite part is watching the kids and parents, and their excitement as they reel in that first catch," he said.

Families are welcome to bring their own fishing gear or borrow some available at the event.

"Kids can bring their own fishing equipment, but it is not required. The Everett Steelhead and Salmon Club can also provide some gear if they need it," said Hall.

Door prizes and grand prizes will be chosen by random drawing. Hall said that those include rods, reels and bicycles.

At the Jennings Park Barn the Kiwanis Club will also be serving pancakes from 8-11 a.m. during the event.

Pancakes cost $3 for kids and $5 for adults.

There is typically a big turnout for the event every year, said Hall.

"There's always a big turnout, only hampered when it is pouring down rain, and even then we usually have people all around the pond," he said.

There is no charge for the Fishing Derby, although families are encouraged to help the Marysville Community Food Bank.

"We encourage people to bring a food donation or a cash donation for the Marysville Community Food Bank, which will be collecting at the event," said Hall.

The Fishing Derby is sponsored by the Marysville Parks, Culture and Recreation Department, the Everett Steelhead and Salmon Club, John's Sporting Goods and the Marysville Kiwanis, said Hall.

"Like many of our community events we have many different organizations involved and this is a real group effort," he said.

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